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How to Decide if Going Back to Your Old Job is a Good Idea

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How to Decide if Going Back to Your Old Job is a Good Idea

During the Great Resignation, many workers switched positions. Now, it seems a lot of them have the new job blues.

You may be among regretful work shifters who are considering trying to get your old job back. But even if returning to your old job is possible, is it wise?

Should You Go Back to Your Old Job and Is it a Good Idea?

Can You Go Back?

To answer that question, you need to ask another first: Why do you want to go back? Some reasons may include:

  • New jobs can be scary. There’s a lot to learn, high expectations on both sides and pressure to prove yourself. Don’t give in to new job jitters. Give yourself at least a couple of months’ transition period before deciding whether your fears are justified.
  • According to a study by Monster, 72% of workers felt their new job wasn’t what they expected. If your new employer misrepresented the job, then going back might make sense.
  • You’re experiencing “buyer’s remorse.” You miss your old co-workers. You dislike the new commute or work environment. These may or may not be strong enough reasons to jump ship. Consider your career priorities.
  • The new job stinks. So did the old one, but the position is still open and you’re pretty sure they would take you back. What other choice is there?

What Will it Take to Make Going Back Work?

If you’ve decided you really can’t stay in the new position, it’s time to think about what makes the old job a better fit.

1. Amicable Departure

You left your previous company on good terms with your boss and management. Now, you realize the old job was a better fit. As a past employee in good standing, you might have an advantage.

HR Manager Aaron Masterson told Ivy Exec that in his experience “candidates who reapplied as a former employee were almost automatically considered and put on top of the pile.”

2. Changed Work Environment

Did you leave due to poor work culture, a bad boss or toxic co-worker?

“If you noticed that the company has advanced and evolved into a better workplace for you, it may be a smart decision to return,” says Indeed.

3. New Opportunities

Department restructuring, promotions and resignations may have created new opportunities that weren’t there before you left. Consider going back only if doing so moves you closer to your goals and dreams.

“Stretching for new opportunities is also a significant source of happiness,” notes Forbes, “and you want an organization where you can grow and reach your potential.”

4. New Skills

If it’s been some time since you worked for the company, how have you changed? In the interim, you may have developed valuable skills that provide you with added leverage.

Chart a New Course

Of course, there’s another option – start looking for another new job. You may dread another job hunt. However, moving on may be the wisest choice if the old job and the current job won’t help you get ahead in your career.

For professional assistance with your job search, contact the placement experts at Pro Resources Staffing Services.